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Global Alliance

We want the very best of the world connected to the very best of the UK. That’s why we built this programme; to form international collaborations with governments, societies, enterprises, institutions and people from every corner of the globe. It is innovation diplomacy at its best.

As the United Kingdom, we’re entering a new phase in our international relations. It has never been more important to foster long-lasting partnerships with the global community. Forming these strategic links will help to drive innovation locally, through the UK’s governing bodies, businesses and institutions and bring our talent to a broader audience.

But it’s not just about bringing UK innovation to the rest of the world. Many of the challenges we now face are universal, and having an international perspective on their solutions is critical. We can’t help to shape the future of the world in isolation. As an outward-looking society, we need to build global alliances, from the top tier of international relations down to individual organisations and people.

Find out more about the work we undertake every day to assure the UK’s place at the forefront of global innovation. Talk to our team now to see how we can help you find an international partner that could take your project to the next level.

Our current global activity

AgriFood Africa (GCRF)

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.

Global Alliance Africa

Global Alliance Africa is a six-year project designed to strengthen and scale local innovation and business environments in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

Energy Catalyst

Global energy poverty is real. Over 1 billion people do not have access to electricity. Over 3 billion people rely on solid fuels and kerosene for cooking and heating. It is estimated that approximately 80% of people gaining access to electricity worldwide are in urban areas.

European Programmes

KTN helps UK companies engage with European funding programmes and help them create collaborations.

Global Expert Missions

The Global Expert Missions (GEM) programme aims to create global growth opportunities for UK innovation through strategically aligned partnerships with the right businesses in the right countries.

Funding Opportunities

Eureka Eurostars 2: round 15

This competition is aimed at micro, small or medium sized enterprises working on high-quality research and development projects across national borders.

Opens: 15/12/2020 Closes: 04/02/2021

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KTN Innovation Exchange challenge - solutions to monitor and tackle urban air pollution within Indian urban environments

KTN is working with the Department for International Trade to help the Indian authorities find an innovative solution to the threat to public health due to poor air quality and airborne pollution.


Opens: 18/12/2020 Closes: 12/02/2021

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KTN Innovation Exchange challenge - technologies to improve waste management practices

KTN is working with the Department for International Trade and Indian authorities who are looking for solutions that move from reliance on open waste dumps to waste management systems that retain resources within the economy.

Opens: 01/01/2021 Closes: 12/02/2021

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The Future of UK and Canada Collaboration in Advanced Therapies

16.00 - 18.00 | Online

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Latest Open Calls / Cascade Funding Opportunities from EU H2020 Projects

12.00 - 13.30 | Online

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Connect Agro Summit UKCOL - Information Webinar

15.00 - 16.00 | Online

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Three NEW Urban KTN iX Challenges for India are now open!

Do you have an excellent project idea to keep people in public spaces safe during pandemics? Or perhaps an innovative solution to monitoring or improving air quality? Or an excellent way to reduce waste and improve circular economy in urban Indian cities? Then we’d love to hear from you.

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First Scottish project for African AgriFood KTP develops environmentally friendly approach to fruit fly

UWS, Mount Kenya University and Kenya-based agricultural consultancy firm Farmtrack enter African AgriFood KTP.

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